Winkel World Tales began as a wonderful writing experiment, an endeavour to update old plot twists and outrageous emotional dilemmas by means of futuristic settings. Originally written at the rate of one a week over a five month period, the stories quickly evolved into extravagant melodrama, pungent satire and unlikely adventures. Unexpectedly, the characters who populated these stories began to enrich them with a depth of pathos and passion that supported the improbable plots, adding a realism to the heartfelt emotions, aspirations and beliefs that defined each individual (even the notorious Massking twins!).
Due to the rapid development of the stories an inter-connected timeline allowed each tale to impinge on others where paths sometimes crossed, effectively creating an epic quarter million word super adventure if all the twenty tales were read at once. Is there an essential reading order? Not at all for each novelette is a complete adventure in itself.
Why do the mischievous Massking twins keep shouting "Mind the bones!" or leave empty snail shells in shady pathways for the unwary to crunch underfoot? How does the elegant and serene Princess Rapture deal with the unfortunate phenomena of exploding roses or rogue dust mice?
What is the sinister truth behind the Congress of Dolls and what the best way of dealing with the most devious cactus of all, the Mercy Lure? Who does Billy Buckle have a soft spot for and how do the mysterious Tinkers seem to travel everywhere instantly?
Could you answer Sharshua Dragonsong's quite reasonable question: at what point does complex life reach a level of consciousness so that it recognises itself as a living soul? I certainly can't. Is it possible, truly possible, to ever anger the sweet-hearted and infinitely kind Vetta Mindal? Perhaps, if you were to steal her plate of cheese. Yet not even then for sharing is a kind of generosity, and that as she would be sure to tell you is one of the five wellsprings of joy, the faith which imbues her soul with angelic serenity.
And finally, can you catch a fairy? You can if you are the lucky recipient of a Fairy Tangle, if you know what that is. All the above and a thousand other curious puzzles and surprises can be found solely and exclusively in Winkel World Tales! Written with pleasure in mind to be enjoyed by all. Cosy fantasy at its cosiest and most fantastic!
Esper's uncanny ability to almost read minds makes her somewhat scary to the other pupils of Miss Plazenby's school. She discovers to her cost that it is not only the human mind she can reach out to, losing herself in the delights of bird flight, flock mentality and the terrifying chaos of the feeding frenzy.
Ansibby Falofa was in her last year at school, yet two young friends found her in tears. She had just learnt one of the remaining relics of her heritage in the land of Gloriosa will soon disappear. The girls visit the land to experience this fading tradition of the Mimoa people only to discover new possibilities might emerge from the sad loss, if only Ansibby and her people could realise it.
An experiment went wrong when the science teacher was distracted at a critical moment. The aftermath left the school cleaners puzzled for the place seemed remarkably devoid of dust until it was discovered the accident had resulted in dust mice infesting the whole building. Pupils and teachers sought ever more bizarre ways of eliminating the pests, until one gentle soul discovered a dance routine.
Pinky Ponsonby always ensured everything around her was as perfect as could be but this increasingly exasperated her dorm mates at the school where they studied for whenever something untoward happened they suffered for it yet Pinky remained unscathed. Feeling isolated Pinky realised if she was to win back her friends she would have to do something really drastic, something less than perfect.
Two girls from Meditia Winkel started the same time at Miss Plazenby's school. One was the popular Lyra Bellicosa. The other was the obscure Anthera Malabona, who had her own theories on the desirability of things, especially when she discovered a highly sought after gem stone was nothing more than a waste product from her own homeland. Thus she sets out to investigate this anomaly.
It was once a flippant saying of Sunshine Allouette, to call upon the fictitious Sacred Hamster of Ragadoon, but as soon as the mischievous Massking twins took up the cry matters became more earnest. They reasoned if Ragadoon existed why should there not be a sacred hamster too? Thus began a series of events that could only end in miracles galore, or so it appeared to all but a select few.
Long ago a baron tried to attract tourists to his castle with fake fairies in cages. They did not care for their captivity and escaped into the pleasant hills and valleys of Greenvale. Petal Mara adored them in spite of their hair pulling antics but was horrified to learn of a plan to exterminate them as pests. With help from her devoted gran she set out to try saving the harmless creatures...
A mysterious figure has appeared in Cherryball Flats. He acts like a crazy old man, but one particular waitress thinks otherwise when a tip she receives turns out to be Tinker gold, more money than she could earn in a year. She finds out he intends to steal a school trophy, but she need not worry for the extraordinary pupils there have other ideas.
Long ago in another land two great cheese companies fought a war for control of the market in dairy products. Years later some of the girls from Miss Plazenby's school discover a rival establishment has just opened across the road from their favourite eatery, heralding what might be a new cheese war. Only there seems something rather odd about the place...
Princess Rapture's invitation to Bubbles Bannatyne to spend a snowy summer in the Highly Romantic Winkel of Xenia is fulfilled and Bubbles takes her miniature death spider with her of course. No sooner there than the little creature behaves erratically, seeming to side with a rebellious baron and renegade death spiders in a bid to overthrow the kingdom.
In the time of the Green Moon the Wicked Witch of Arbornica was at her most potent so that though a child still Meresinth Woodbine resolved to defeat her in battle. It did not go as planned and she found herself instead at an exclusive school for girls. A whole series of mischievous happenings suggested the Wicked Witch might have followed her there...
Vetta Mindal travels a long way from home to attend the most exclusive school on Winkel World. Yet her simple soul can only deal with the restless spirits around her by drawing upon four of the five well-springs of joy. When she is held hostage by a mysterious blue-haired girl only then does she discover what the fifth well-spring is.
No one doubted the braveness of Soo Toglak for she was a fierce Mangoria girl. Yet even she admitted she could not match Lyra Bellicosa when it came to swimming in dangerous waters. Her desire to emulate the talented girl led to puzzling discoveries and seemingly sinister behaviour. What was the secret obsession regarding dolls and why was the lyrical Lyra behaving like some besotted mermaid?
What was the fate of the mysterious girl who failed to turn up on the first day of term at Miss Plazenby's school? The empty bed in Dorm Sensation was too tempting a puzzle not to attract the inquisitive mind of Petal Mara, especially when she learnt the girl was from her own homeland. Thus she and a friend sought for answers only to discover a secret that might lead to the death of a young girl.
With the best of intentions the Massking twins, Fizzy and Divvy, borrow the valuable Triple Shield from their school to cheer up a sick friend. However thanks to the hapless intervention of Billy Buckle they are entangled in an international incident, threats of war, and end up helping a grand old lady fulfil her last wish. All in a single day!
Spring Break at Miss Plazenby's Extremely Exclusive Seminary means time off from lessons and some of the privileged pupils decide to volunteer for a trek to the Wilds of Fregonia. Bubbles Bannatyne signs up willingly, along with rival Danique Ferale, who soon takes unnecessary risks with fearless abandon. A terrifying incident gives Bubbles a clue to what drives the girl's foolhardy beha
While attending an exclusive school in another land Princess Rapture learns a sinister baron intends to overthrow the king her father. She flees the school on advice from a loyal subject, helped by five of her school friends, knowing death spiders will be sent after them. Thus begins a wild chase cross many lands...
The girls of Dormitory Flare are issued a challenge from their rivals to visit haunted ruins near the school. Bubbles and the twins eagerly take up the challenge only to find something quite unexpected. Why does the ghostly form they find there resemble Sharshua Dragonsong and how can they answer the cry of loneliness from deep within such a tortured soul...?
The Triple Shield Challenge swim fest comes to the exclusive school where Lady Sunshine studies. With her friends unable to compete, the girl from the desert volunteers only to find a world of trouble awaiting her. Accused of cheating, she puts her school's chances of victory in jeopardy as she tries to clear her name. And she hides an even deeper secret...
Pinky Ponsonby's adoration for the Golden Girl of her school led to an act of vandalism that brought her into terrible trouble but the girl she adored seemed too obsessed with her own image to care. The outraged friends of Pinky vowed revenge but the trap they laid to punish her revealed a secret tragedy behind the Golden Girl's selfish ways that no one could have suspected.